On the newest episode of Exponent, the podcast I co-host with James Allworth: In this week’s episode Ben and James discuss Apple Pay and its impact on retailers and banks. Links Glenn Fleishman: A Week of Apple Pay: Chips, PINs, and…signatures? – Six Colors Ben Thompson: The Problem with Payments – Stratechery Ben Thompson: Why […]
Good morning, Today’s update is a little long, so I’ll just get started: Tim Cook’s Announcement Tim Cook publicly came out as gay in an essay that was published in Bloomberg Businessweek. Please read the whole thing if you have not. I feel it a disservice to break out even a paragraph. I myself have […]
Good morning, There was a fair bit of Apple Pay news today, including conflicting reports about whether or not retailers can easily leave MCX, as well the fact that MCX got hacked (oops). All good news for Apple, in my estimation. James Allworth and I spent over an hour discussing it on a new episode […]
Good morning, A quick announcement: as some of you may know, Glassboard, which we’ve been using for the Stratechery message board for Access members, is closing down. A couple of relevant notes: For new Access members, this is why you have not received an invite I am implementing a new solution There will be broad […]
One would not normally draw a connection from a company like Largan Precision (TPE:3008), a small Taiwanese component supplier, to the publishing industry. But it was a very insightful observation from another Taiwanese company’s CEO – Acer founder Stan Stih – about what he called the “Smiling Curve” that created the analogy in my mind. […]
Good morning, Let’s get to it – on to the update: The Twitter Mismatch Twitter reported its third-quarter results yesterday. From the Wall Street Journal: One year after its initial public offering, Twitter Inc. is still having a hard time convincing investors to look beyond one touchy metric: user growth. The social-media company reported Monday […]
I joined Leo Laporte, Philip Elmer-DeWitt and Dave Hamilton on This Week in Tech. We talked about Apple in China, Apple Pay, Peak Google, and more. You can download the show here.